In “Hills like White Elephants,” Hemingway does not explicitly tell us the ages of either the American or Jig. Because Jig is pregnant, we can infer that she is between the ages of puberty and menopause. Because both characters are travelling independently around Europe, and don’t seem to be students, it is likely that they are in their 20s or 30s; the lack of responsibilities for homes, jobs, or families suggests that they are under 40. Jig is described as a girl and seems naive in some ways. This might be due to her be younger or might be due to the gender conventions of the period.